Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
California drought spurs protest over 'unconscionable' bottled water business
Guardian: Californians facing the prospect of endless drought, mandated cuts in water use and the browning of their summer lawns are mounting a revolt against the bottled water industry, following revelations that Nestlé and other big companies are taking advantage of poor government oversight to deplete mountain streams and watersheds at vast profit.
An online petition urging an immediate end to Nestle?s water bottling operations in the state has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, in the wake of an...
California drought water-use rules could force 36 percent reduction on Beverly Hills
Guardian: Billionaire-studded Beverly Hills will be ordered to cut water usage by 36% under a tough new mandate proposed by regulators on Saturday to try to help parched California cope with its extreme drought.
Los Angeles will have to reduce usage by 16%; the more environmentally conscious San Francisco will only have to reduce its water consumption by 8% after doing more in the last year to cut use voluntarily, according to the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).
Obama: 'No Greater Threat' to Planet than Climate Change
Bloomberg: Global warming certainly has one politician's attention. In his weekly address President Obama cited climate change as Earth's single biggest threat. ?Today, there?s no greater threat to our planet than climate change,? Obama said. ?Climate change can no longer be denied or ignored.? Obama pointed out that 2014 was the warmest year on record, and that 14 of the 15 hottest years measured have occurred since the start of this century. The first three months of 2015 have been the hottest start...
Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes
New York Times: Allan Akamine has looked all around the winding, palm tree-lined cul-de-sacs of his suburban neighborhood in Mililani here on Oahu and, with an equal mix of frustration and bemusement, seen roof after roof bearing solar panels. Mr. Akamine, 61, a manager for a cable company, has wanted nothing more than to lower his $600 to $700 monthly electric bill with a solar system of his own. But for 18 months or so, the state?s biggest utility barred him and thousands of other customers from getting one,...
Rubio's intellectually hollow position on climate change
Washington Post: Like many GOP presidential hopefuls, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is trying to locate the maximally spineless position on climate change, bending to the anti-scientist crowd without sounding wholly anti-science. And like many GOP presidential hopefuls, he looks not just cowardly but intellectually hollow. Here?s his latest attempt, on Sunday?s Face the Nation:
Humans are not responsible for climate change in the way some of these people out there are trying to make us believe, for the following reason:...
Marco Rubio doubts manmade global warming 'climate is always changing'
Mashable: Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who announced his presidential candidacy last week, told Bob Schieffer of CBS News on Sunday that he does not believe in manmade global warming. Instead, Rubio said he recognizes the climate is changing, but that scientists have not determined what percentage of such changes are due to human activities, such as burning coal, oil and gas for energy, compared to natural climate variability.
Unfortunately for Rubio, scientists have been quite clear that the majority...
Australia's Direct Action climate policy challenged by US, China and Brazil at the UN
Guardian: Australia has been been asked to defend the credibility of its Direct Action climate change policy at the UN after several countries submitted questions to the Abbott government querying how the policy would reduce carbon emissions.
The US, China and Brazil ? all large emitters ? have joined other countries in challenging Australia on its emissions reduction target and commitment to renewables.
The questions were submitted to the UN framework convention on climate change. Australia has not...
Only a third average rainfall with April almost over
Telegraph: Britain has experienced only a third of the average rainfall for April despite being more than half-way through the month, raising fears of a potential drought.
Last week's heatwave saw the Met Office slash its rain forecast, as the country basked in unseasonably hot weather with highs of over 25C.
And temperatures will continue to soar well above average this week -- to as high as 19C by Tuesday around London, Southampton and southern coastal areas.
The dry spell follows months of below-average...